For Coronavirus, US FDA Is At The Podium But Not On The Task Force
The FDA is curiously not one of the HHS entities coordinating the US response to the outbreak, but must monitor for manufacturing disruptions and shortages, as well as approve new treatments and diagnostics.
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FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn was added to the White House's pandemic task force as the outbreak grew, but he remained in a background role. That all changed the morning of 18 March, when President Trump tweeted: “I will be having a news conference today to discuss very important news from the FDA concerning the Chinese Virus!” A day later, Hahn was standing with Trump at the podium for the now-daily press briefings on Covid-19.